With so many options to choose from, some clients may feel a bit overwhelmed when shopping at Budget Windows. Fortunately, we provide a list of FAQs to get you started in the right direction.
What's the difference between flush and casement windows?

Firstly, the casement, simply put, is the part of the window that opens and closes. A normal ‘lipped’ window has casements that sit on the surrounding window frame.

A flush casement window integrates its casements seamlessly level with the frame. This gives them a tidy, understated look. The difference can be seen quite easily when viewed next to each other.

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What is the difference between double glazed and triple glazed windows, and which should I invest in?

As the name states, the major difference between double and triple glazed windows is the number of panes of glass in the window unit with double having two and triple having three. There are benefits to both types and you can find out more by speaking to one of Budget Windows’ expert customer service advisors.

Generally, triple glazed windows are more efficient at holding heat inside the home and reducing draughts. In addition, triple glazed windows tend to reduce noise pollution from entering the home and may be the best solution for customers living in close proximity to busy traffic areas.

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Do you have any questions regarding our products? If so, our helpful team of expert advisors would be more than happy to answer them, or you can browse through our section of common questions.

Is there a difference between UPVC Windows, PVC Windows & PVCu Windows?

They are actually all the same, and the correct name is PVC-U windows.

The reason there are three names is that in the late 1980’s UPVC was changed to PVCU in the UK to remain consistent with other countries in Europe. This is likely because the majority of European languages place the noun (PVC) before the adjective (U).

Poly Vinyl Chloride abbreviated ‘PVC’ is used in the manufacturing of many common goods such as shoes, bags and fake leather which is why many of us have heard of ‘PVC’. The ‘U” stands for un-plasticised and is the type used for windows and doors.

In order to manufacture windows and doors with PVC-U, it is necessary to implement a small amount of additives to give the products the UV resistance, high weathering and lifespan demanded by windows and doors. The additives also assist in achieving the common white colour of many windows and doors.

What colours are available for windows and doors?

No longer are the days of replacement doors and windows solely being available in white. We offer a wide array of different colour finishes on our replacement doors and windows.

In addition to our white and cream offerings we also have a large selection of varying colour pallets including colours such as Olive Grey, Matte Black, Anthracite Grey, and Hazy Grey.

When shopping at Budget Windows you can also peruse our popular selection of woodgrains which include vibrant oak finishes such as Chartwell Green, Steel blue and Dark Red as well as elegant and rich colours such as Rosewood.

There is even an option to have a colour combination such as Olive Grey on the outside and cream on the inside or any combination that fits your individual needs.

What does an 'A' rated window mean?

Windows are rated by a Window Energy Rating (WER), so in order to find out the energy efficiency of a window simply check its WER. Energy ratings range from A+ – G and are commonly seen on appliances such as washing machines, refrigerators, and freezers.

The BFRC Rating Scheme defines a window rated A+ as the most energy efficient window available in the UK. Building regulations use this national rating system of windows to show compliance with the rules of installing windows at residence property.

We highly recommend the investment of windows rated A or A+ in order to maximise your home’s thermal efficiency. All new or replacement require a minimum WER of C or above.

Reach out to one of our expert advisors about WERs and purchasing.

What does U-Value mean?

A window’s U-Value is a rating given to windows based on how well it stops heat from escaping your home. U-Values are measured in Watts per square metre or W/m2 K. U-values with lower numbers mean better heat retention for that window.

All new or replacement windows require a minimum U-Value of 1.6 W/m2 K.

To learn more about U-Values, reach out to one of Budget Window’s expert advisors.

What is Secured by Design?

Secured by Design is a program run by the Police which works to create safer places for people to live by improving the security of buildings and the areas around them.

SBD uses the Police Preferred Specification which is an accreditation scheme for measuring the safety of products to mitigate crime. Windows, doors as well as their accessories like hinges and locks would all fall under the Police Preferred Specifications.

Our sister manufacturing company, Conservatory Outlet, is a proudly approved member of Secured By Design and many of our products meet their standard. If you have any concerns about the safety of your home, please reach out to one of Budget Window’s expert customer advisors and they will be happy to help.

Do you manufacture your windows?

Conservatory Outlet is our sister manufacturing company and is one of the country’s top providers of aluminium and UPVC windows. They construct our windows in an advanced manufacturing facility in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

We are proud to have a very close relationship with our manufacturer, and it is the key to keeping our product standards at the top through our close control over our supply chain.

How much will it cost to replace my doors and windows?

All homes and client’s needs are different, so the best way for us to estimate a cost is to get together and discuss everything first. The windows we provide are all specifically built for your home based on the installation dimensions available. Once we have measured your home, spoken about colour, style and performance needs then we can accurately estimate the cost of your project.

At Budget Windows, we offer a FREE design consultation which can take place at your home or in one of our showrooms. Additionally, you can request an online appointment which can be held virtually on Zoom.

Simply fill in all your details and a date and time on our contact form and we can arrange a meeting.

How long will an appointment with your designer last?

As a general guideline, our designers set aside 1 hour for the first appointment. During this time, the designer will take down any necessary measurements, go over your needs as well as discuss our available range of window and door options.

How long will it take to install my new windows and doors?

The best way for you to obtain an accurate timeline is to speak to the customer advisor after they view the scope of your project. As every home is different, it is difficult to give one general answer, but on average it takes around 3-4 days to install new windows for an entire house.


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